William Wilberforce
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"William Wilberforce" was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the Atlantic slave trade/slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming the Independent (politician)/independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (UK Parliament constituency)/Yorkshire (1784–1812). In 1785, he underwent a Religious conversion/conversion experience and became an Evangelicalism/evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform.

In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham/Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English Abolitionism in the United Kingdom/abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807.

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